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Which New York State Team Will Perform the Best in the NFL in 2024?

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The 2024 NFL season isn’t too far away, and when the current NBA and NHL playoffs conclude, all eyes will be on the gridiron once again. Most of the attention at present is on the Kansas City Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes and Co. have the chance to become history makers this term by becoming the first team in history to lift the Lombardi in three consecutive seasons.

Last term, the Arrowhead outfit became back-to-back champions when they defeated the San Francisco 49ers at Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The Chiefs had a difficult route to the Big Game, beating both the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills on the road to make it to the championship game. Once they were there, they still had plenty left in the tank, rallying in the second half before defeating their California-based rivals deep into overtime.

So what’s next? Well, now, the latest NFL futures make them the short-priced +425 favorites to lift the Lombardi once more. They are excited to find stiff resistance from the Niners, once again, as well as a fully fit Joe Burrow and his Cincinnati Bengals. But what of the New York State outfits? Well, all three teams have very different expectations heading into the 2024 season. Here is what you can expect from them.

Buffalo Bills

Ever since they made Josh Allen the seventh overall pick of the 2018 draft, the Buffalo Bills have been transformed into an AFC heavyweight once again. In the 1990s, they reached four straight Super Bowls and unbelievably lost all four. Following that, the Highmark outfit fell off a cliff somewhat, and they didn’t make the postseason once between 2000 and 2017. However, with their former University of Wyoming star now under center, they have been completely revolutionized.

This offseason, the Bills have been significantly weakened by the departure of Stefon Diggs. The wide receiving ace recently left for the Houston Texans, who are looking to build on last season’s run to the Divisional Round by becoming genuine Super Bowl contenders. Now, the pressure has been ramped up on second-round pick Keon Coleman and former Washington Commander Curtis Samuel. Both men need to ensure that they are on top of their game to support Allen, and if they aren’t, he may have to do too much work on his own, which could be a recipe for disaster.

But while the departure of Diggs certainly hurts, the Bills Mafia still has plenty of offensive firepower. With a solid offensive line containing Dion Dawkins and O’Cyrus Torrence, as well as a versatile backfield, Allen has the tools he needs to lead a high-scoring offense. Furthermore, the defense, led by Von Miller and DaQuan Jones, has the potential to be a top-tier unit if they can stay healthy.

The Bills have won the AFC East in each of the last four seasons, but in recent campaigns, they have come under increasing pressure from the Miami Dolphins. This term, they will have another problem to think about in the form of these New York State rivals.

New York Jets

Last season was meant to be the coming out party for the New York Jets. After trading for four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers, the Met Life outfit was expected to shed their perennial underachiever tag and make a deep postseason run. However, A-Rod’s maiden campaign ended with an Achilles injury just six minutes into his debut, and the Green Machine missed out on the playoffs for the 13th straight season.

Now, however, they are aiming to make the 2024 season the one that 2023 should have been. Rodgers is back fully fit and despite being at the ripe old age of 40, he is expected to be on the top of his game heading into the new campaign. And he has plenty of support.

His return to fitness, combined with the development of young talents like wide receiver Garrett Wilson and running back Breece Hall, provides a promising offensive outlook. Defensively, they added a premier offensive tackle in the form of Penn State Nittany Lions Olu Fashanu, making him the 11th overall pick of the recent draft, and there are lofty expectations for the rookie.

The Jets’ primary strength lies in their revamped defense, which under Robert Saleh’s guidance, could become one of the league’s most formidable units. The defensive line, anchored by Quinnen Williams, is expected to create significant pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

New York Giants

At the opposite end of the spectrum come the New York Giants. They shockingly reached the Divisional Round of the playoffs in the 2022 season, upsetting the 13-4 Minnesota Vikings on the road in the process. However, last term they were exposed, and they missed out on the playoffs altogether.

Quarterback Daniel Jones is often criticized and perhaps rightfully so. He has only thrown for over 3,000 yards once throughout his five years in the NFL, with the 3,205 he threw in 2022 as a career-high. Last term, he was all over the place as the Giants slipped to a paltry record of 6-11. To make matters worse, they have lost one of the best running backs in the league in the form of Saquon Barkley, who has left for the Philadelphia Eagles, so the Giants could be in for a tough time in 2024.

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